Here’s the deal — I do not know a single person who has had long-term weight loss/weight management success by following a fad diet or doing some sort of a cleanse… not one!
I’m sure there are some people out there who have had long-term success with fad diets and/or cleanses, but just know that they are the exception, not the rule.
This may not be what you want to hear, but there is light at the end of the tunnel — you CAN lose weight quickly in a healthy and sustainable way, we just need to redefine what “quickly” means.
First off, we need to understand that there is a difference between weight loss (number on the scale) and fat loss (reduction in body fat).
What do you think is better, losing 6 pounds — 3 pounds coming from water weight, 2 pounds coming from muscle, and 1 pound coming from fat, or losing 2 pounds — gaining 1 pound of muscle and losing 3 pounds of fat?
I’m assuming you can see that the latter is a far better situation.
The law of energy balance states that in order to lose weight, you must consume less calories than you burn.
So that must mean that the common restrictive/starvation diet approach is the best way to lose weight right?
Let’s explore this a bit further.
Have you ever seen a diet that advertises that you will lose 10 pounds in 10 days, or even 21 pounds in 21 days?
While that is precisely what most people want to hear, it’s impossible to sustainably lose 1 pound of pure body fat per day.
There are 3,500 calories per pound of body fat.
What that means is that if we were to assume that all weight lost while following a diet comes 100% from pure body fat — which it almost never does — you would have to be in a 3,500 calorie per day deficit in order to lose 1 pound of body fat per day.
To put that into perspective, the average moderately active woman burns 2,000 calories a day, so in order for the average moderately active woman to be in a 3,500 calorie deficit in a day, she would have to not eat anything and crank her daily activity level up to such a degree that she burns 1,500 more calories than usual — and again, this is assuming that all of the reduction in body weight comes from fat and only fat; plus, it’s not taking into account the negative metabolic effects of severe calorie restriction.
The sad truth is that most people who try and sell you “rapid weight loss” diets know this and know that you will likely lose weight in the short-term, only to not only gain it back, but gain more as well.
What’s even more sad is that they know that since their approach seemed to be working for you at first, you are unlikely to connect the weight regain with the approach that they had you follow.
So what is fast weight loss?
All of the fittest people I know have one thing in common — they don’t diet.
Long-term weight loss/weight management success is done by adopting a set of principles that you use as a foundation to develop new dietary habits and make lasting lifestyle changes.
You will lose weight on a consistent basis, just don’t expect to lose a pound a day or anything like that because those approaches cause more harm than good.
Do yourself a favor and avoid the ups and downs that come from yo-yo starvation dieting.
The best way to lose weight fast is to learn a set of principles that help simplify dietary decisions and lead to lasting behavioral changes.
You do not have to go on a diet or severely restrict yourself — you simply need to become educated.
Once you know the right information, losing weight and keeping it off will be simple.
Those who go searching for the easy way out find that they lose their mind — not weight — in the long-run by following restrictive diets.
You can certainly read a ton of books and search through many different resources and studies to learn the information you need to know to lose weight now and keep it off, but our program has all of the information you need in one place and simplifies it in such a way that learning what you need to know will be a cinch!
Do yourself a huge favor and make a vow that you are going to set out on the right path to weight loss and will no longer turn to “quick fixes” that end up leaving you worse off than when you started!
Good luck :).